‘Packers Backers’ is the latest in the list of sports-themed dating sites


Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers attends the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational gala on April 4 in Las Vegas. Where’s his date?! (Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational)

It’s the dating site most of us have not been waiting for. But for those whose list of qualities in an ideal mate includes “enjoys wearing cheese hats,” it might be the best idea of all time. GreenBayPackersLovers.com, aka “Packers Backers,” doesn’t offer the most innovative Web design, but it gets the job done. Well, maybe. According to the site’s stats, out of its 2,037 members, just 635 are female, or 31 percent.

But, dudes looking for ladies, it might be worth taking on the competition. After all, “Green Bay Packers fans are the most loyal fans around. Just look at Pack’s die hard fans that tackle the brutally cold winters to storm outside and cheer on the Pack Attack,” the site’s administrators said in a press release. “At our site you can find other Packers Bakers [sic] cheeseheads looking for love.” Or at the very least just some extra body heat to keep warm in Wisconsin’s chilly temps.

Hey, it’s working for “Aila12″ who already posted a testimonial on the site: “I thought I’d give the internet dating thing a shot. I got a message from a member. … I’m the happiest I have ever been. I have actually fallen in love with him and can see a bright happy future together.”

And “JohnstonAndy” is feeling pretty hopeful: “I’m a huge fan of the green and gold. I’ve found some interesting matches, but nothing too permanent as of yet. Waiting for the Packers Backers love of my life.”

Good luck, JohnstonAndy! But if that site’s not working out, perhaps another sports-related dating Web site will. There are a lot of them.

Match.com recently partnered with the MLB to launch “Singles,” which allows its users to add a team logo to their profiles, search specifically for those who love the same team and surf 29 different club portals where singles can connect with other fans of their favorite team.

“With over a quarter of Match members identifying as baseball fans, now’s the time to make a connection with another single fan online,” a Match.com press release states. For the MLB, officials are hoping the online connection will go offline and into the stadiums. “The idea is to put like people together with similar interest and passion,” Noah Garden, Major League Baseball Advanced Media’s executive vice president of revenue, told the Associated Press. “There’s still always room for more butts in the seats.”

Some people seem to really like this idea.

Others don’t.

Maybe that’s because some sports-loving daters imagine butts elsewhere, such as in a fishing trawler or golf cart. Those singles may want to turn to SportsPassions.com, which touts its ability to help those who love both mainstream and more obscure sports to make love connections. There’s also MVPdate.com, which allows singles to curate their dating pools by sports team, thus making sure Redskins and Cowboys fans never have to meet. And, finally, there’s PerfectMatch.com, which “offers what no other site can,” well, except for all of the above.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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